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June 29, 2012

The new Non-Penetrating LCD Moisture Meter with Tricolor Bar Graph from General Tools & Instruments offers professionals and DIYers a powerful and affordable tool, according to the New York City-based manufacturer.

The MMD7NP measures the moisture content of hardwood, softwood, drywall, masonry or concrete. It can also detect moisture below the surface of carpets and subflooring; and locating water leaks above ceilings, below floors or behind walls. 

June 18, 2012

York, Pa.-based WOLF expanded its service area for kitchen and bath products to include Ohio and parts of Tennessee.

The move brings the number of states WOLF serves to 19. WOLF describes itself as the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the United States and a leading provider of composite and PVC decking, railing, trimboards and other building products.

February 27, 2012

A new study of the impact of rising gasoline prices on consumer spending shows that gasoline prices of $4.25 per gallon could cut estimated 2012 retail sales growth from its current 5.7% pace to an anemic 2.3%. 

February 22, 2012

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer's Association (ARMA) announced the top three asphalt roofing projects for 2011 -- two homes and one commercial project.

The gold medal the ARMA's Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-Study (QARC) Awards program went to a residence in Deerfield, Ill., in a project by Precise Roofing. Silver went to a residence in Seagoeville, Texas, a project by Legends Roofing. And the Bronze medal was awarded to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta - Miami Branch, a project by Advanced Roofing.

January 20, 2012

Fastener maker Simpson Strong-Tie has announced the acquisition of Fox Industries, a manufacturer of cementitious, epoxy, urethane, elastomeric and polyester coatings, grouts, mortars, adhesives, sealers, sealants, and membranes and custom manufactured fiberglass parts for the marine, industrial, transportation, commercial building and public works industries. The Baltimore-based company was founded in 1969.

January 11, 2012

CFP Components, a division of Columbia Forest Products, has acquired Cabinotch, a maker of ready-to-assemble face-framed cabinet boxes that feature Columbia’s formaldehyde-free PureBond hardwood plywood.

The Cabinotch system, which involves a patent-pending interlocking side panel-to-face frame joint, has been shown to help cabinet shops reduce costs and improve productivity, according to the company.

December 15, 2011

Wilmington, Ohio-based TimberTech expanded its fastening options by rolling out a stainless steel TopLoc fastener. 

Most coastal regions require stainless steel fasteners to reduce the likelihood of corrosion that leads to rot and failure, according to the company. Stainless steel is able to withstand more inclement weather because it is less brittle than carbon steel.

December 9, 2011

York, Pa.-based WOLF, the supplier of kitchen cabinets and building products, has received code compliance approval for its WOLF PVC Decking. 

This approval was issued following product testing by ATI Evaluation Services, a division of Architectural Testing, which measures product performance for 90 of the top 100 U.S. building product manufacturers, the company said.

November 17, 2011

Demand in the wood-alternative decking market is driven by aesthetics, according to Fiberon marketing director Edie Kello.

Fiberon, the manufacturer of PVC and composite decking and railing products, is introducing an expanded color palette for the new Pro-Tect capped composite decking line. The new Pro-Tect Chestnut and Gray Birch colors add exotic aesthetics to low- maintenance outdoor living products.

November 15, 2011

The demand for paint and coatings in the United States is expected to rise 7.8% annually through 2015, according to a study by The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based market research firm. The market is expected to expand strongly in both volume and value terms, rebounding from the declines of the recession-impacted 2005 to 2010 period.

November 13, 2011

PPG Industries, one of the leading manufacturers of paint and architectural coatings, has released a line of zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint for the commercial market. Speedhide, an existing line, will now offer Speedhide zero interior paint as a one-stop solution for contractors, building owners and facility managers looking for durability, affordability and long-lasting performance, according to the company.

November 11, 2011

Applegate Insulation, a Webberville, Mich.-based company, has recently gained licensure to market both Applegate loose-fill and Applegate stabilized cellulose in California. The cellulose insulation supplier was actively marketed on the West Coast in the 1980s and ’90s. A recent acquisition in Colorado brought the company back into the California market, making the product available nationwide.

November 10, 2011

Bradford, Pa.-based W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. launched its Tec X collection, described as a brand extension with an emphasis on modern design.

The 28 individual models in the collection include features such as one-handed opening and closing, pocket clips, anodized aluminum handles, AUS8 blades and titanium coatings.

October 3, 2011

New London, N.C.-based Fiberon, a manufacturer of composite and PVC decking and railing products, hired Greg Reed as a Fiberon product specialist for the Northern California territory. He will be responsible for increasing and managing the network of decking contractors in his market.

October 3, 2011

Griffin, Ga.-based Osmose announced a new online American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Program course titled, Micronized Technology for Pressure Treated Wood. 

The course for design professionals familiarizes them with wood as a sustainable building material, the pressure treating process, environmental certifications and other benefits of micronized copper pressure treated wood products, according to Osmose. 

September 22, 2011

The Lowe's brand Kobalt announced the addition of 18-volt and corded power tools to its line. 

The new line of cordless tools also ensure that power will never be a problem for users, as all Kobalt 18V tools are compatible with both Kobalt lithium-ion, as well as nickel cadmium (NiCd) batteries.

September 16, 2011

AZEK Building Products, a manufacturer of PVC-based molding, trim and decking, has entered into a strategic alliance with VAST Enterprises, a maker of composite masonry products. Under the agreement, AZEK Building Products has purchased an interest in VAST and will make the VAST brand available to AZEK's distribution network. AZEK and VAST will collaborate on sales and marketing initiatives to drive brand awareness among architects and contractors, according to the announcement.

September 13, 2011

Nascar has often been criticized as America's anti-green pastime. But an article in Tuesday's New York Times describes the auto-racing association's efforts to embrace sustainability.

September 8, 2011

Milwaukee Tool continues to expand its hand tool offering with the introduction of six new snips that are made with corrosion resistant metal to protect the tools from rust and deliver durability.

“Not only do the new snips provide best-in-class durability, they are also designed to uphold the highest level of ease of use and safety,” said Tim Albrecht, director of product marketing - hand tools for Milwaukee Tool Corp.

September 8, 2011

A Fremont, Calif.-based solar energy solutions provider that was once hailed as an example of the new green economy has closed and filed for bankruptcy protection, according to an article in the Silicon Valley Mercury News.

September 7, 2011

The "Consumer watch" section of the Dashboard shows gas prices rose a nickel last week, the unemployment rate was unchanged, and consumer confidence is plummeting.

August 26, 2011

By Maureen Conklin

When it comes to ice melt products, fall can be a missed opportunity for hardware and home retailers. Many retailers figure that all salt is the same, so they stock a few kinds of basic ice melt products to arm homeowners for winter. And most homeowners wait for the first snowfall and then grab the first bag of ice melt they see on a retailer’s shelf.

August 23, 2011

A man was arrested in Newark, Del., after police say he unsuccessfully tried to steal tools and copper wire from a display at a Home Depot store.

August 17, 2011

RPM Performance Coatings Group, a Medina, Ohio, holding company that owns consumer brands Zinsser, Rust-Oleum, DAP and Varathane, has purchased API, an Italian flooring and deck coating business. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Based in Genoa, Italy, API is a $28 million company that produces and installs epoxy and polyurethane flooring systems for the Italian building market. It specializes decking solutions for cruise ships, mega-yachts and naval applications.

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